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Huth closing on Stoke return

Stoke City's Robert Huth is nearing a return to fitness after three months out following a knee operation.

Last Updated: 01/03/14 at 14:20 Post Comment

Robert Huth: Stoke defender closing on first-team return

Robert Huth: Stoke defender closing on first-team return

The defender is expected to feature in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Burnley on Tuesday for his first taste of action since surgery in late November.

Stoke have only won three of the 15 league games that Huth has missed and they go into this weekend's game against Arsenal just three points above the relegation zone.

"I would like to be available on Saturday, but ultimately that will be the manager's choice," said Huth.

"I've only trained five or six times, but I'm feeling good and ready to kick on. It would be better if this friendly was Saturday, but it will do nicely."

Huth acknowledges that the need for points is paramount - and believes that this may just be the right time to be facing Arsenal.

"We need to get our backsides in gear and get some points on the board," he added. "We've done well against the top four and hopefully we can keep that run going to get three points.

"We are trying to keep our good run going against them and with them in the Champions League maybe they will be resting a few. To beat them, we need togetherness and a bit of luck."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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